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1.2 Billion AT&T Wi-Fi Connections Were Made During 2011

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The failed acquisition of T-Mobile might have cost AT&T a tidy sum but that hasn’t stopped the company from posting stellar numbers for the 2011.

The company released its data and Wi-Fi connection rates for 2011 and managed to score big in almost every department. Wi-Fi Network traffic was up tripled against figures for 2010, and there was a massive 550% increase in data uploaded through AT&T’s wide network of Wi-Fi outlets across the country.

In total, 1.2 billion AT&T Wi-Fi connections were made during 2011, with almost half a billion of those connections (486 million) coming in the final quarter of 2011. This record number of connections is due in large part to the 60% growth in Wi-Fi hotspots that has occurred since 2008—something which AT&T is quite fond of pointing out. The company is also seeing massive growth in its sales of smartphones, and much of the increase in data usage is directly attributable to the increase use of smartphones and tablets.

Currently users tap into AT&T vast Wi-Fi network through hospitality locations, parks, retail stores, stadiums and enterprise businesses. In fact, over 45% of all Wi-Fi traffic on AT&T is accessed through hotels, and other hospitality based enterprises. You’d be forgiven for thinking too that all this data usage would end up costing people more, but AT&T is quick to point out that Wi-Fi is free with many of its data plans.

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